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This is a blog for all the technology entrepreneurs based in the North West of Ireland - musings about our business, companies, interests, trends and any other random thing that hits us.



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Struggling to Monetize Web 2.0 (web2.wsj2.com)

2006-03-01T16:32:38.950+00:00

Struggling to Monetize Web 2.0 (web2.wsj2.com) Interesting read, one of the key points we are looking at for myme.



New Blog Address

2006-02-25T18:25:37.083+00:00

We've moved. We are now bloggin' at this address http://itnorthwest.org -- please follow us over there.



Tablane 1.4.2

2006-02-17T08:07:10.120+00:00

We got Tablane Version 1.4.2 out yesterday. It can now support most of the big brand Toolbar plugins for IE. Our attention now turns to the bigger picture project -- the on-line service which somehow we are going to release in April. The Tablane installer is on Download.com, and you can set Tablane as your default browser too. It expires on 31st of May by which time our situation should be very different. We're on the hunt for angel investment. I'm rattling the tin, everyone. Incidently, I'm friends with Google's AdWords again. By keeping the amount I'm prepared to pay as low as possible, using the keywords tools they offer, and leaving well alone, I'm getting more Click Throughs than we can really afford, particularly from 3rd party Content sites. Fortunately, we are getting more Visitors from other sources (blogs) than Google by now and we can scale back expenditure here. We're on 7,000 downloads now, which put crudely means we've spent about 50 Euro cent with Google for each download they've helped instigate. For a free browser this isn't an optimal business model. The rate of downloads is steadily increasing, but it would be good to be in a six figure rather than a four figure zone by Easter.



Naked Conversations: Web 2.0 Disrupting VCs? Clavier Thinks Not

2006-02-15T17:34:11.486+00:00

Naked Conversations: Web 2.0 Disrupting VCs - Clavier Thinks Not Jeff is in the middle of the web2.0 space - some good nuggets in this interview



AirHead: Entrepreneurship

2006-02-15T10:25:36.853+00:00

AirHead: Entrepreneurship "A very very good podcast from Janice Fraser, CEO of Adaptive Path. She makes some extremely apt comments on how to approach your company and setting up a good culture within your company."



CrunchNotes - Ron Conway and Web 2.0

2006-02-15T10:24:29.756+00:00

CrunchNotes � Ron Conway and Web 2.0 "Nevertheless, Conway believes that some of the most interesting search innovations will soon emanate from companies not named Google (GOOG ) or, for that matter, Yahoo! (YHOO ) or Microsoft (MSFT ). Over the past two years, he has bet heavily on this hunch, putting his money in nearly two dozen startups. "Search is in its infancy today," says the seasoned Silicon Valley investor. "It's at 10% of its potential, maybe."









O'Reilly Radar > Web Development 2.0

2006-02-13T23:55:40.480+00:00

O'Reilly Radar > Web Development 2.0 Interesting thoughts from Marc at oreilly






Marc’s Voice - OH MY GOD - Microsoft Live is Hailstorm 2.0

2006-02-09T14:12:42.986+00:00

Marc’s Voice � Blog Archive � OH MY GOD - Microsoft Live is Hailstorm 2.0 Marc hits some great points from an event that i attended last night - as usual Marc hits the nail on the head.






Simon Willison: Notes from the summit

2006-02-08T23:40:02.593+00:00

Simon Willison: Notes from the summit saves me writing... great event - surprised by the number of Irish companies/people in attendance.... which is a great sign of the level of interest in web2.0 in Ireland....






CEO Sales Summitt

2006-02-08T00:55:01.503+00:00

interesting event - CEO + sales... check here



Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger � Cool Web 2.0 image editor

2006-02-06T16:32:31.503+00:00

Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger � Cool Web 2.0 image editor Scoble picks up on an Irish web2.0 service - pretty cool service.









tagging tech /john collins/: enterprise ireland's class of 2005

2006-02-04T19:36:02.073+00:00

tagging tech /john collins/: enterprise ireland's class of 2005 John Collins has an excellent post on the current Irish investment market (or lack of), and M&A activities. My own $0.02 - restructure BES to reflect risk level in high tech (all BES activities are primarily asset backed - bricks and morter). This will hopefully encourage more angel activity, esp from the tech sector folks. - greater VC awareness on Ireland (historically all sub $5million investments are by Irish funds - they dont have the resources (people/cash) to invest over 3/4 rounds. the number of mainstream US/European VC investments has been limited - M&A awareness on Ireland - we're the #1 location for all the large tech companies, but we have a very poor record in terms of exits to the "top 10". Similarity is a great exit in the context of the monies invested (i would guess that if they raised $20million, then they would still be an independent operation - exit price would have to be in the $200m + range to meet expectation) I can see why Frank Ryan is concerned - but its a bit of the cart before the horse - if Ireland wants to create a Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Skype, etc - we have to mature our investment market, whilst also enhancing the leadership capabilities (see ISA initiative) of startups



Geeking with Greg: Marissa Mayer on innovation

2006-02-01T18:56:13.963+00:00

Geeking with Greg: Marissa Mayer on innovation "Innovation is exploration of the unknown. No one knows the best path. It is important to try many things, learn what works and what doesn't, quickly reject your failures, and build on your successes. That is the key to innovation."






O'Reilly Radar > Web 2.0 Innovation Map

2006-02-01T18:46:24.956+00:00

O'Reilly Radar > Web 2.0 Innovation Map pretty cool..... Nooked submitted... lets get the Irish map dotted....






Startup Fever - The Feasibility Test

2006-02-01T18:42:54.230+00:00

Startup Fever - The Feasibility Test some great advice in this piece...